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By On This Day in NYC's History


On August 12, 1950: Kid Creole (born Thomas August Darnell Browder) was born in the Bronx. A childhood spent in the melting pot that is the Bronx exposed Kid Creole to all different kinds of music, an influence that can be seen in his eclectic and multicultural style. Bowder adopted his stage name in 1980 (inspired by the Elvis film of the same name) and establish his band, Kid Creole and the Coconuts with which he tours.



On August 12, 1979: A revival of the 1928 musical Whoopee! closed on Broadway. The play was based on Owen Davis’s play, The Nervous Wreck. Both the original production and the revival were well received by critics, garnering both a Drama Desk and a Tony nomination.


On August 12, 1972: The Broadway revival of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum closed. Inspired by the Roman author Plautus’ funnier manuscripts, the show chronicles the hilariously desperate attempts of Pseudolus, a slave, to gain his freedom. The revival was a hit but had to be stopped short after Phil Silvers (who played Pseudolus) suffered a stroke. The production still won two Tony Awards.

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